Water activity

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

4.8 / 5

86 reviews

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira

Funchal: Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour

Activity provider: Gaviao Madeira
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From US$ 41.04 per person

Likely to sell out

Admire the beautiful surroundings of Funchal by boat as you search for whales and dolphins. There will be a stop for swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão or you can simply enjoy a drink as you admire the sunset.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese


  • See dolphins and whales in their natural environment
  • Swim in gorgeous Cabo Girão
  • Admire a beautiful sunset
Full description

On this relaxing sailing trip get the chance to see dolphins, whales, and sea turtles up to 3 miles from the coast. With some luck, you will see lots of native wildlife in its natural environment. Swim, snorkel or sit back and admire the views, and enjoy a complimentary adult beverage.

Your journey begins at the marina in Funchal, where you will board the sailing yacht with a group of up to 20 people. There will be a stop to go swimming and snorkeling at Cabo Girão. Here, you can see the highest sea cliff in Europe, which towers 1,903 feet (580 meters) above the sea.

If you don't want to swim, you can simply admire the beautiful coastal landscapes from the boat. You will be offered one complimentary drink on board and be able to admire the beautiful sunset over the sea.

  • Open bar
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Instructor
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Gaviao - Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips. Please arrive 30 minutes before the activity is scheduled to start.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • In the event of cancellation due to bad weather, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 86 reviews

Review summary

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Ok, so I have been on a number of "Dolphin" tours but I never saw dolphins. But this time I did. But again, it wasn't just about the the dolphins but the captain and the deck-hand were so amazing. We had the freedom and they had the knowledge. The dolphins and the sunset and the swimming in the sea was just incredible. I cannot recommend it enough.

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July 22, 2022

It was a perfect trip, the boat was small with just around 20 people. The guys were super friendly and tried to do the best for all. We changed the course because a lot of us got sick, they helped each and every one to get better. In the end we were lucky to find dolphins as well as a beautiful sunset. We got exactly were we paid for. To top it of there were fireworks when we got back in the harbor. This was just accidental ofcourse but a perfect extra.

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July 16, 2022

Very nice, smaller sailing & motor boat, therefore a more personal atmosphere than in larger tourist boats. The guide was super nice and funny, spoke to everyone personally, greeted and said goodbye. There were free drinks of all kinds and we were lucky enough to see dolphins, even a little one jumping close to the boat. You could only swim for a short time so as not to miss the sunset. A wonderful evening and at the port entrance there was also an unplanned fireworks display over the city - lucky again!

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July 9, 2022

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